Understanding The 6 Basics of Asthma

Have you ever encountered a situation where your child seems to wheeze as they exhale? They may be showing signs of asthma. Asthma is very common, showing through 6 million children in the U.S. struggle with the condition. By understanding it, you can prevent a dangerous situation if your child starts to present with symptoms. On the other hand, parents of children with this condition can learn even more about the condition or refresh what they already know. 

Learning More About Asthma 

Safety comes with understanding. Learning more about asthma could be the opportunity you did not know you needed to prevent a situation. At Carithers Pediatric Group, we know this diagnosis can seem overwhelming. However, we provide treatment and options for you and your child.  

What is asthma?

Asthma is a condition that occurs when your airways narrow and may produce extra mucus. This change causes difficulty breathing and can even lead to coughing, shortness of breath, and a wheezing sound when you breathe. An asthma attack can gradually build or come on suddenly.

What causes asthma?

There are still questions about why some people develop this and others do not. It is often considered to be a combination of environmental and genetic causes. There are often triggers that can lead to breathing problems for people with asthma, but these depend primarily on the individual cases. These triggers include viral illnesses, pollen, physical activity, cold air, and sometimes intense emotions.   

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms can present as coughing spells, shortness of breath, chest tightening, and exercise intolerance. In children, one of the most common symptoms is wheezing when exhaling, causing a more severe presentation of a viral illness or allergy than expected compared to their peers.

How is it treated?

Asthma can be managed effectively with both medication and avoidance of triggers. Your doctor will work with you and your child to create an action plan that acknowledges medications and lifestyle changes. This can include an inhaler and other medications. It also refers to staying away from triggers in your daily life, monitoring your breathing, staying on top of vaccinations, and identifying problems and signs early.  

How can I help my child with the condition?  

We know that keeping your child healthy is at the forefront of your mind. The best way of helping your child is often to pay attention to the signs. When they struggle with a more intense asthma attack, you can ensure the medication they need is nearby, which may involve action plans for school and for, travel and camps.  You can also help by ensuring they attend all necessary doctor’s appointments. Occasionally, referrals to specialists are indicated. This will be part of the discussion with your doctor.

Asthma can create scary situations for you and your child. Understanding the symptoms and causes can prevent a more serious circumstance. Do you think that your child may be struggling with this condition? It may be time to talk to your doctor about it. Carithers Pediatric Group is here to help. Check out our website for more information.

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